Las Golondrinas Weaving Room

Woven Blankets in Weaving Room, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico

Woven Blankets in Weaving Room, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico

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Las Golondrinas Weaving Room

We now step inside on our tour of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. which we began last week with the brief history of this living museum.  Here we visit the weaving room.  Spinners and weavers were very important to the settlement.  They made most of the clothes the people wore, the blankets for beds and horses, as well as the rugs for the floors.

Dyed Wool in Weaving Room, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico

Dyed Wool in Weaving Room, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico

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They mostly used wool because they were too far north to grow cotton.  They dyed their wool in warm colors with natural dyes.  The different colored wools were then woven into quite intricate patterns.

 

Replica of 400 year old Loom, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico

Replica of 400 year old Loom, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico

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Some of the ranches were known for their fine weaving.  The products of their handmade looms were widely sought after and were choice items for barter.  An excellent, creative weaver was a well respected and important member of the ranch.  Unlike most of the reenacters at this living museum, most of the weavers at El Rancho de las Golondrinas were men.

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Las Golondrinas Weaving Room
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Las Golondrinas Weaving Room
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The weaving room at Las Golondrinas was a very important place as it produced the cloth for the clothes the people wore
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Mark Summerfield
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4 Comments

  1. Terrific details and colors Mark. Really nice series.

  2. Nice shots, Mark. I really like the color and textures in the second photo.

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